Monthly update from the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in Suva, Fiji.


Fiji loses a conservation great

Turaga na Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Cavunailoa Katonivere

This month, IUCN Oceania joined many conservation organizations based in Fiji and paid tribute to Ratu Aisea Katonivere, the late Tui Macuata, a rare soul who bridged the divide between science and local traditional knowledge.


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First faith-based environment talks for Fiji

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji

Working with the Fiji Ministry of Environment, IUCN Oceania supported the first Fiji National Faith Based Organisations Environment Stewardship Summit. IUCN Oceania emphasized that churches could play a more effective role in taking care of nature.

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IUCN supports Fiji's energy policy review

Wind turbines in Fiji - they can be winched down to protect them against the extra high winds of tropical storms .

The Fiji Government has begun the process to review its National Energy Policy in the hope to reduce the nation's fuel import bill. IUCN Oceania attended the Fiji Energy Forum on April 3 - 4 as part of consultations to shape the revised policy.

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National mangrove campaign starts

Mangrove planting, Fiji

IUCN Oceania, through the MESCAL project, is supporting Fiji's first national mangrove awareness campaign, which was launched on April 26, 2013.


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Linking ground work to science

Field work

Though important, journal-style paper writing is not everyone's piece of cake. Four of our project officers from Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji recently took part in a workshop to help them grasp the basics.


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Dipika Singh, IUCN Oceania

Ms Dipika Singh joins us this month as our new Project Finance Officer. Before joining IUCN, Ms Singh worked with KPMG for five years. She is a graduate of IUCN Member, the University of the South Pacific,  with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management and Economics. 


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12-13 June: Marine Symposium

Held in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Committee for IUCN is planning this event. Contact for more information. 


2 - 6 December: Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

Held in Suva, Fiji. Registration is now open. 

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Helping governments, helping species

Helen Pippard, IUCN Oceania CITES CoP16 was an important event for the Pacific and IUCN's Helen Pippard was there to support the Pacific delegation.
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New mangrove species for Vanuatu

Sonneratia x gulngai is a hybrid of S. alba and S. caseolaris. The hybrid, Sonneratia X gulngai, was discovered during a field assessment on Santo Island in 2012 and now brings the total national mangrove species record to 20.


Current status of freshwater fishes, land snails and reptiles

Fiji Crested Iguana - Yadua Taba, Fiji. In 2012 new information for Pacific Island freshwater fishes, land snails and reptiles was integrated into the IUCN Red List revealing that 32% of these species are threatened with extinction. The full assessment report is now available.
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A new view of The IUCN Red List

IUCN Red List sub-site There is a brand new way to search for information on The IUCN Red List. Featuring more images than before, the sub-site makes information even more easily accessible.
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Landcare Research is doing remarkable research work in New Zealand and in other parts of the Pacific. They contribute to the following development areas: biosecurity, land, soil and freshwater management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, industry and business environmental performance.

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Photo credits (l-r): Banner © Stuart Chape; Tui Macuata © Marie Fischborn; Helen Pippard © IUCN; Ravilevu Nature Reserve © Stuart Chape; New mangrove species © MESCAL Vanuatu; Wind turbines © Andrea Athanas; Crested Iguana © Stuart Chape; Mangrove planting, Linking groundwork to science, Dipika Singh © IUCN